Review: A Blood Seduction by Pamela Palmer

Tuesday, December 4, 2012
Series: Vamp City #1
Publisher: Avon
Publication Date: May 29th, 2012
Pages: 368
Reviewer: Amber R.
Rating: Photobucket
Vampires live only for lust and pleasure in the eternal twilight of Vamp City. But the city's magic is dying. The only person who can restore it? A beautiful woman from the mortal world...one who knows nothing of the power she wields.

Quinn Lennox is searching for a missing friend when she stumbles into a dark otherworld that only she can see—and finds herself at the mercy of Arturo Mazza, a dangerously handsome vampire whose wicked kiss will save her, enslave her, bewitch her, and betray her. What Arturo can't do is forget about her—any more than Quinn can control her own feelings for him. Neither one can let desire get in the way of their mission—his to save his people, hers to save herself. But there is no escape from desire in a city built for seduction, where passion flows hot and blood-red.








 



I really think that this book could have been a 4 or 5 star rating with just a couple tweaks. Quinn has always been a little weird. Her weirdness seems to be escalating. Her clothes randomly change colors throughout the day. It's just small, odd things. But they aren't things that should happen to normal people. Not too mention she keeps having visions of a 1800's version of D.C., the city where she lives. It's like a weird overlay of her street. When one of her friends goes missing, Quinn and her brother end up in this alternate universe that vampires rule. They were looking for the friend. Where humans are food and not much else, vampires rule the roost, and only their needs matter. Luckily for Quinn she gets set up with Arturo who is a vampire through and through but he's not as bad as some of the others. Basically it ends up that this place was created by a sorcerer for vampires to live out in the open. They used to be able to go between the real world and this place but the magic is failing and now they aren't able to get out anymore. And they need a sorcerer to fix the magic. Quinn ends up being that person but she doesn't know how to use her magic and craziness ensues.

The story was good. It was new and something that I hadn't really ever read before. So I really liked that part of it. I liked that the vampires weren't very nice and they weren't trying to fight against their natural instincts. It's kind of refreshing that they aren't extremely civilized. I liked that Quinn and Arturo didn't immediately fall into bed even though they were both super attracted to each other. But she was terrified of him even if he wasn't as bad as the other vamps so I don't really get why she was terrified of him if she wanted to bone him. I didn't like that Quinn and her brother Zack went to this place to find the missing friend and they didn't even find her.

There were a few good points to the book but overall it didn't just click fully for me. I'm going to read the next one in the series because there was a lot of stuff left open. I want to know what happens and it wasn't so bad that I really disliked it but it just wasn't that great. I left it kind of underwhelmed.







6 comments:

  1. I really liked the worldbuilding in this one but I felt Quinn was a little lackluster as a heroine. Something about that world makes me want to read the next one but not sure if I will continue it if that doesn't blow my mind. :)

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  2. I agree with you and Lee: fantastic worldbuilding and excellent characterization on the evil vamps but it felt very dystopian and miserable. I only sort of liked Quinn and really didn't trust Arturo at all, which was a strange experience. I'm going to have to read the next one just to see how everything fits together.

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  3. Thanks for this review, I am very on the fence about buying this book. Are there any other books by this author you have read and loved?

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  4. Great review AR! I should go back to my PNR kick while I'm still into it. I just hate that I have reader ADD, I can't stay still in one "place"

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  5. Sad that it didn't do it for you, but it happens. This was one of my favorite reads ( no audio :() last year, and I'm very much looking forward to the next one. But a least you didn't find it terrible enough to not continue with the series, hopefully you have a better experience with the next book, and I hope I'll like it just as much as did this one.

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  6. I'm glad to have some feedback on this one. I'm glad that you guys agreed and I'm glad it might pick up in the next book. I haven't read any other books by this author.

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